Atlanta-based photographer James C. Lewis has confronted the representation of Biblical stories head on with his new series Icons of The Bible. Produced by Noire3000 Studios, the photo series challenges the normativity of white faces in biblical imagery by presenting people of color in the roles of the Bible’s most prolific characters. Lewis featured models that identify as either Asian, Native American, Black American, West Indian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern or African.
While Lewis did not aim to represent the Biblical characters’ nationalities in the series – or the lands that would later become their respective nations – he aims to grow the audience participating in conversations surrounding inclusiveness of people of color in the modeling world.
You may remember seeing Lewis’ work in the Naked Black Justice series, the 2012 campaign featuring Black American models designed to refute stereotypes that operate to the detriment of Black life. Lewis has also been exhibited in a series celebrating Yoruba deities entitled The Orisha Experience.
Icons of the Bible will be on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Visit Noire3000 Studios online for more information on James C. Lewis and his work.